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== County Courthouse  ==
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Guide to '''Madison County, Iowa ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>
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{{Click|Image:IA_ORP.png|Iowa Online Genealogy Records}} {{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Madison County
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| county_map = Iowa Madison Map.png
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| state = Iowa
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| founded year = 1846
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| founded date = January 13
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| seat = Winterset
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| building image = IowaMadisonCourthouse.jpg
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| building address = }}
  
== History  ==
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=== County Information  ===
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==== Madison County, Iowa Record Dates  ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 225-231. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref></center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Madison County, Iowa Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Madison County, Iowa Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Madison County, Iowa Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Madison County, Iowa Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Madison County, Iowa Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Madison County, Iowa Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1880
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1849
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1880
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1840
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1850
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1852
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=== County Courthouse  ===
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112 N John Wayne Dr. Winterset, Iowa 50273
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=== History  ===
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1846--'''Madison County was created 13 January 1846 from unorganized territory. It was attached to&nbsp;Mahaska County prior to organization 19 February 1849. &nbsp;'''County seat:'''&nbsp; Winterset <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1846--'''Madison County was created 13 January 1846 from unorganized territory. It was attached to&nbsp;Mahaska County prior to organization 19 February 1849. &nbsp;'''County seat:'''&nbsp; Winterset <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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For an early history of the county go to the following link:<br>
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[http://iagenweb.org/madison/county_history/county_history_first.html http://iagenweb.org/madison/county_history/county_history_first.html ]
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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For animated maps illustrating Iowa County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/iowa/ "Rotating Formation Iowa County Boundary Maps"] (1816-1872) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
'''1875''' -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.  
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'''1875''' Courthouse was destroyed by fire.
  
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:
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{{Fire+}}
  
*[[Burned Counties Research|Burned Counties Research in FamilySearch Wiki]]
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=== Places/Localities  ===
*[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 Michael John Neill, ''Burned Counties'' in Family History Circle]
 
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Madison, Earlham|place|disp=Earlham}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Madison, Jefferson Township|place|disp=Jefferson Township}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Madison, Madison Township|place|disp=Madison Township}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Madison, Patterson|place|disp=Patterson}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Madison, Penn Township|place|disp=Penn Township}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Madison, Peru|place|disp=Peru}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Madison, St. Charles|place|disp=St. Charles}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Madison, Winterset|place|disp=Winterset}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
[[Adair County, Iowa|Adair]] | [[Clarke County, Iowa|Clarke]] | [[Dallas County, Iowa|Dallas]] | [[Guthrie County, Iowa|Guthrie]] | [[Polk County, Iowa|Polk]] | [[Union County, Iowa|Union]] | [[Warren County, Iowa|Warren]]  
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[[Adair County, Iowa Genealogy|Adair]]{{•}} [[Clarke County, Iowa Genealogy|Clarke]]{{•}} [[Dallas County, Iowa Genealogy|Dallas]]{{•}} [[Guthrie County, Iowa Genealogy|Guthrie]]{{•}} [[Polk County, Iowa Genealogy|Polk]]{{•}} [[Union County, Iowa Genealogy|Union]]{{•}} [[Warren County, Iowa Genealogy|Warren]]  
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<center>{{IAMadison County, Iowa Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
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=== Resources  ===
  
== Resources ==
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==== Cemeteries ====
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{| width="80%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="3" border="1"
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=14&GScnty=607&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|350679|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=14&CScnty=607 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://iagenweb.org/madison/cemetery_records/cemetery_index.html IAGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Madison+Iowa&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Iowa&county=Madison&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ia/madison/cemetery.html IAGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/iowa/madison.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://iowagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?cid=61 Iowa Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[Iowa Cemeteries|Iowa Cemeteries]] for more information.
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[http://iagenweb.org/madison/cemetery_records/cemetery_index.html iagenweb.org/madison/cemetery_records/cemetery_index.html] (U.S. GenWeb)
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==== Census ====
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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'''''State Census'''''
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*'''1895''' - {{RecordSearch|1803957|Iowa State Census, 1895}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1905''' - {{RecordSearch|2126961|Iowa State Census, 1905}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1915''' - {{RecordSearch|2240483|Iowa State Census, 1915}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1925''' - {{RecordSearch|2224537|Iowa State Census. 1925}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{IA Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{IA Land Intro}}
  
 
==== Local Histories&nbsp;  ====
 
==== Local Histories&nbsp;  ====
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{{IA History}}
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*''History of Madison County, Iowa, and its people.'' By Herman A. Mueller. Chicago, Illinois&nbsp;: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1915. '''Vol 1 Online at:''' {{FSbook|920290}}, [http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008652861HathiTrust], [https://archive.org/details/historymadisonc00muelgoog Internet Archive]; {{WorldCat|181357821|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. '''Vol. 2 Online at: {{FSbook|920262}}, [http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008652861 HathiTrust], [https://archive.org/details/historyofmadison02muel Internet Archive].'''
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/iowa/ Old Antique Atlases &amp; Maps of Iowa]
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*[http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/maps/iowa-maps/ia-madison-county-iowa-1875-map.html Township Map of 1875 Madison County, Iowa] with enlarged views of each township (My Genealogy Hound)<br>
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*'''1861 - 1949''' - {{RecordSearch|2351982|Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1949}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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===== Civil War  =====
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{{VAciv}}
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:- [[4th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|4th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company F
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:- [[10th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|10th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company K
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:- [[23rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry|23rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company H
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:- [[47th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864)|47th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Company E
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:- [[1st Regiment, Iowa Cavalry|1st Regiment, Iowa Cavalry]], Company D<br>
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
{{wikipedia|List of online newspaper archives|List of online newspaper archives}}
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{{wikipedia|List of online newspaper archives|List of online newspaper archives}}  
  
*[http://altoonapl.newspaperarchive.com/ Altoona Public Library Archives, Polk County] (1876-2000)
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*[http://altoonapl.newspaperarchive.com/ Altoona Public Library Archives, Polk County] (1876-2000)  
*[http://johnstonhs.newspaperarchive.com Johnston Historical Society Archive, Polk County] (1970-2007)
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*[http://johnstonhs.newspaperarchive.com Johnston Historical Society Archive, Polk County] (1970-2007)  
*NewspaperArchive.com ($) has historical newspapers online including [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=39&ci=7363 Des Moines newspapers]. This database is free at some libraries.
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*NewspaperArchive.com ($) has historical newspapers online including [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=39&ci=7363 Des Moines newspapers]. This database is free at some libraries.  
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*'''''Winterset Madisonian.'''''1956. Winterset, IA, USA. Online at: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7034 Ancestry.com] ($)
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1758 - 1997''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9064 Iowa Wills and Probate Records 1758-1997] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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{{IA Probate Intro|Madison}}
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[http://iagenweb.org/madison/probate_records/probate_index.html iagenweb.org/madison/probate_records/probate_index.html] (U.S. GenWeb)
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{IA Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{IA Vital Intro}}
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=====Births=====
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*'''1850-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|2527591|Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1850-1939}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*[http://iagenweb.org/madison/birth_records/birth_records_explained.html Information on birth records, U.S. GenWeb]
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*[http://iagenweb.org/madison/birth_records/birth_rec_idx.html Birth Index, U.S. GenWeb]
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=====Marriages=====
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*'''1838-1934''' - {{RecordSearch|1805551|Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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*[http://iagenweb.org/madison/birth_records/birth_rec_idx.html  Marriage Index, U.S. GenWeb]
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=====Deaths=====
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*'''1850-1990''' - {{RecordSearch|1674841|Iowa, Deaths and Burials 1850-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] - index
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*'''1880-1992''' - {{RecordSearch|2110820|Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index<br>
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*'''1880-1919''' - [http://iagenweb.org/madison/death_records/death_rec_index.html Death Index, U.S. GenWeb]
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*'''1921-1940''' - {{RecordSearch|2531337|Iowa, Death Records, 1921-1940}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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'''Madison County Genealogical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 26<br>Winterset IA 50273-0026<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iamadcgs/?cj=1&sid=RootsWeb&netid=cj&o_xid=0007727563&o_lid=0007727563&o_sch=Affiliate+External Website]
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'''Madison County Historical Society'''<br>815 South Second Ave<br>Winterset, IA 50273<br>Telephone:515-462-2134<br>[http://www.madisoncountyhistoricalsociety.org/index.html Website]
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==== Family History Centers ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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*[[Knoxville Iowa Family History Center]] 1800 W Jackson, Knoxville IA 50138
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United States
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==== Websites  ====
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{{WA Websites Intro}}
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#ADFF85" colspan="3" | <center>'''Sites with online indexes or images of records pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
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| width="30%" | [http://www.iowahistory.org/search.html?q=Madison+county&btnG=Search+%C2%BB State Historical Society of Iowa]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | list and links to data and "hard copy" material - results of "madison county" placed in search box
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| width="30%" | [http://www.iowaheritage.org/items/browse?search=madison+county&submit_search=Search+All The Iowa Heritage Digital Collection]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | digital images from a variety of Iowa cultural institutions - results of "madison county" in the search box
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| width="30%" | [http://publications.iowa.gov/cgi/search/simple?q=madison+county&_action_search=Search&_order=-byyear%2Fbytitle&basic_srchtype=ALL&_satisfyall=ALL State Library of Iowa]
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| width="20%" | Free
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| width="60%" | electronic depository of documents intended for the general public produced by Iowa agencies - results of "madison county" in the search box
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| width="30%" | [http://www.iagenweb.org/madison/ IAGenWeb]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ia/madison/madison.htm USGenWeb Archives]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://genealogytrails.com/iowa/madison/ genealogytrails.com]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1821206] [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2110820][https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1805551] FamilySearch
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Births, 1880-1935; Deaths 1880-1992; Marriages, 1838-1934; all indexes
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#94FFFF" colspan="3" | <center>'''Sites that search for links pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
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| width="30%" | [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/IA/Madison/ RootsWeb Resources]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IA/Madison/ Linkpendium]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ia/counties/madison/ CyndisList]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://ldsgenealogy.com/IA/Madison-County.htm Madison County IA at LDS Genealogy]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.genealogyinc.com/iowa/madison-county/ StateofUS.com]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | family history resources and government records
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|}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#FFFF66" colspan="2" | <center>'''Major catalogs for ''hard copy'' collections of {{PAGENAME}}''' <br>Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records</center>
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| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Iowa, Madison|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
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| width="70%" | Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
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| width="30%" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=madison+county+iowa&dblist=638&fq=s0%3A28000000&qt=facet_s0%3A WorldCat]
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| width="70%" | To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].
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| width="30%" | [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=madison+county%2C+iowa&image.x=0&image.y=0 Allen County Public Library]
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| located in Indiana They are heavily involved in digitizing.
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| width="100%" colspan="2" | <center>'''See also''' [[{{PAGENAME}}#Societies_and_Libraries|local libraries]] and [[Iowa Archives and Libraries]]</center>
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== Web Sites  ==
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#FAEBD7" colspan="3" | <center>'''Social networking sites pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
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| width="30%" | [http://geneabloggers.com/genealogy-blogs/ GeneaBloggers]
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| width="70%" | enter "Iowa" in search box to see list and links to Iowa blogs
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| width="30%" | [https://plus.google.com/s/iowa%20genealogy Google+]
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| width="70%" | list of groups from "iowa genealogy" search
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| width="30" | [https://www.facebook.com/search/more/?q=iowa%20genealogy&sid=0.10269487418482515 Facebook]
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| width="70%" | list of groups from "Iowa Genealogy" search
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| width="30%" | [http://genforum.genealogy.com/ia/madison/ genealogy.com]
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| width="70%" | Madison County, IA Genealogy Forum
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| width="30%" | [http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.iowa.counties.madison/mb.ashx ancestry.com]
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| width="70%" | Madison County Message Board
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*{{FHL|Iowa%2C+Madison|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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=== References  ===
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IA/Madison/ Madison County, Iowa Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
  
== References  ==
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<references /> {{Iowa|Iowa}}
  
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{{Iowa|Iowa}}
 
 
[[Category:Madison_County,_Iowa]]
 
[[Category:Madison_County,_Iowa]]

Latest revision as of 20:36, 23 August 2017

United States
Iowa
Madison County

Guide to Madison County, Iowa ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Madison County, Iowa
Map
Map of Iowa highlighting Madison County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 13, 1846
County Seat Winterset
Courthouse
IowaMadisonCourthouse.jpg


County Information

Madison County, Iowa Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1880 1849 1880 1840 1850 1852

County Courthouse

112 N John Wayne Dr. Winterset, Iowa 50273

History

Parent County

1846--Madison County was created 13 January 1846 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Mahaska County prior to organization 19 February 1849.  County seat:  Winterset [2]

For an early history of the county go to the following link:

http://iagenweb.org/madison/county_history/county_history_first.html

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Iowa County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Iowa County Boundary Maps" (1816-1872) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

1875 Courthouse was destroyed by fire.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Adair • Clarke • Dallas • Guthrie • Polk • Union • Warren

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Resources

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
IAGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
IAGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Iowa Gravestones
Billion Graves
See Iowa Cemeteries for more information.

iagenweb.org/madison/cemetery_records/cemetery_index.html (U.S. GenWeb)

Census

State Census

Church

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Iowa Church Records.


Court

Land

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Iowa Land and Property for additional information about early Iowa land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.


Local Histories 

Local histories are available for Madison County, Iowa Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Iowa Local Histories.


Maps

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Madison County, Iowa Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Madison County, Iowa Genealogy:

- 4th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company F
- 10th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
- 23rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company H
- 47th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company E
- 1st Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company D

Newspapers

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives

Probate

Online Probate Records

In most counties in Iowa, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Iowa - Madison - Probate records.


iagenweb.org/madison/probate_records/probate_index.html (U.S. GenWeb)

Taxation

Iowa tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. Tax lists were usually made every year, however, there may be gaps of several years. For more information, see the wiki page Iowa Taxation.


Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Iowa Department of Public Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also How to order Iowa Vital Records or order electronically online.

Births
Marriages
Deaths

Societies and Libraries

Madison County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 26
Winterset IA 50273-0026
Website

Madison County Historical Society
815 South Second Ave
Winterset, IA 50273
Telephone:515-462-2134
Website

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

United States

Websites



Sites with online indexes or images of records pertaining to Madison County, Iowa Genealogy
State Historical Society of Iowa Free list and links to data and "hard copy" material - results of "madison county" placed in search box
The Iowa Heritage Digital Collection Free digital images from a variety of Iowa cultural institutions - results of "madison county" in the search box
State Library of Iowa Free electronic depository of documents intended for the general public produced by Iowa agencies - results of "madison county" in the search box
IAGenWeb Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Archives Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
genealogytrails.com Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
[2] [3][4] FamilySearch Free Births, 1880-1935; Deaths 1880-1992; Marriages, 1838-1934; all indexes
Sites that search for links pertaining to Madison County, Iowa Genealogy
RootsWeb Resources Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Linkpendium Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
Madison County IA at LDS Genealogy Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
StateofUS.com Free family history resources and government records
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Madison County, Iowa Genealogy
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch Catalog Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
WorldCat To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library located in Indiana They are heavily involved in digitizing.
See also local libraries and Iowa Archives and Libraries
Social networking sites pertaining to Madison County, Iowa Genealogy
GeneaBloggers enter "Iowa" in search box to see list and links to Iowa blogs
Google+ list of groups from "iowa genealogy" search
Facebook list of groups from "Iowa Genealogy" search
genealogy.com Madison County, IA Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Madison County Message Board

References

  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 225-231. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).